July 23, 2018 / 6:56 AM / a month ago

Southampton look to offload players before adding to squad

(Reuters) - Southampton will have to sell players to facilitate the arrival of new signings in the remainder of the transfer window, the Premier league side’s manager Mark Hughes has said.

Soccer Football - Pre Season Friendly - Derby County v Southampton - Pride Park, Derby, Britain - July 21, 2018 Southampton manager Mark Hughes during the match Action Images via Reuters/Ed Sykes

The south coast club have already brought in four players ahead of the new season with defender Jannik Vestergaard, forward Mohamed Elyounoussi, midfielder Stuart Armstrong and goalkeeper Angus Gunn joining the team.

“We will probably have to sell or allow players to go out of the club if we’re likely to bring anybody in now I would think,” Hughes told the Southern Daily Echo.

“We’ve done OK. We have done early business which we are pleased about but you are always on the lookout.”

Midfielder Dusan Tadic left the club to join Ajax Amsterdam last month and Hughes suggested that the key to overhauling the squad that finished 17th last season would be to create more vacancies well before the transfer deadline.

The Premier League transfer window will close before the start of the season after clubs voted to bring forward the deadline for buying players from next season.

“We’ve still got a couple of weeks before the start of the season and things present themselves as we know. We have to be ready if we are able to get in the right type of player who can help us,” Hughes added.

Hughes said that Southampton would not sell players after the start of the season, with transfer windows across other major European leagues still open.

“I think players and agents will have to understand that once our window closes nobody is going out. That is going to be our stance.”

Southampton host Burnley in their opening league match on Aug. 12.

Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Ian Ransom

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